Sewa Sandesh May – 2012
SPREAD THE RASHTRAMANTRA OF NANAJI ALL OVER THE COUNTRY
The Rashtramantra given by Rashtrarishi Nanaji Deshmukh that ‘I am not for myself but for my own people and those are my own people who are neglected and underprivileged’ can change the picture of the entire nation. This mantra should be spread all over the country,” said noted Ramkatha Vachak Morari Bapu addressing a gathering of Deendayal Research Institute (DRI) workers at Ram Manohar Lohia Auditorium in Chitrakoot on March 23. Earlier, Dr Nandita Pathak highlighted some of the activities carried out by the DRI. She specifically mentioned the 1045 km Swavlamban Abhiyan padyatra conducted some years back under the leadership of Nanaji to raise the feeling of self-reliance among villagers. Morari Bapu said that he had high regards for Nanaji and whenever he met Nanaji he realised the great work done by him. He said the organisation which has spiritual feelings makes tremendous success. He said Nanaji might have departed, but his internal spiritualism is still in Chitrakoot. “The Rashtramantra given by him will play a key role in transforming the life of rural Bharat. The torch of rural uplift that Nanaji lighted from here will make our villages self-reliant,” he said.
BIHAR LAUDED FOR CHILD HEALTHCARE MODEL
“Bihar, one of the poorest in the country, is at the forefront of the battle against vitamin A deficiency, which afflicts up to 62 per cent of pre-school age children in rural Bharat,” says the 13th annual State of the World’s Mothers report by the Save the Children foundation. In 2009, Bihar’s vitamin A supplementation programme reached 13.4 million children under 5, protecting 95 per cent of children in this age group against the devastating consequences of vitamin A deficiency, says the report. This high coverage came at a time when the national coverage across Bharat was estimated at only 34 per cent, the report pointed.
CHINA SET TO GET FIRST YOGA COLLEGE
A Yoga College is being established in China by Yin Yan of the Yogi Yoga Institute of China. She has married Manmohan Singh Bhandari, a Yoga exponent from Rishikesh. The logo of the college, Shardha, Veerya Smruthi and Pragyana, the quintessential components of Hatha Yoga was inaugurated on May 4. “Yogi Yoga has trained over 10,000 teachers and instructors in its branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou since 2004 upto now,” Yin Yan said. The three-year course would focus on Hatha Yoga be conducted by a vastly experienced faculty from Bharat and abroad headed by Bhandari. The first batch of students, chosen from the one month course involving 200 hours of training, was being enrolled. The course would focus on shaping up a good teacher. The entire 36 month course was expected to cost around USD 4000. The degree would enable teachers to become fulltime instructors of yoga, which is practised in all most popular gyms and health centres in China. At a seminar on yoga organised by her centre, Yin Yan described noted Bharatiya exponent of Yoga, B K Iyengar as Mao Zedong of Yoga. Her institute has translated vast works of Iyengar into Chinese. Iyengar was accorded big public receptions when he visited last year.
WHEN NRIS CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR MOTHERLAND
Some of the best Bharatiya students go abroad and this has led to some heart burns against them. On the other side, some of those who have been educated abroad and worked there and made a place for themselves in that society, have quit everything to come back to Bharat. A man, who did well in real estate in
Canada, came back to Punjab to open a hospital near his village. He succeeded and the hospital continues to attract talented doctors from abroad who visit it and provide their specialised skills and thus help patients. Another Canadian came back to his village and set up a modern sanitation system. Not content with that, he soon started expanding his endeavours and, in time, was successful in providing more villages with such facilities. Many NRIs have set up education institutions in remote areas. In some cases, they had the kutcha paths of various villages paved with bricks to improve the village environs. Another group set up an ambulance service that serves five states — Maharashtra, Bihar, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab. They also give first-aid training to school and college students. However, many regret the fact that when they return, full of good intentions, their efforts are thwarted by the government inertia and the vested interests which prefer the status quo. It is a matter of regret that on the one hand there is the general lament about brain drain, while on the other precious little is done to harness the contribution of those who come back with noble intentions.
BHARAT IS WORLD’S MOST OPTIMISTIC MARKET
Bharat, for the ninth consecutive quarter, has emerged as the most optimistic market in terms of consumer confidence with an increase of one point to 123, but there is still some amount of cautiousness when it comes to spending spare cash, said a Nielsen survey. “This optimism is reflected in Indian consumers’ increased confidence in job prospects, which is a good sign for the economy. However, job security is still a cause for concern and consumers are still cautious when it comes to spending spare cash,” said Justin Sargent, MD, Nielsen India.
MY Experience with Deendayal Research Institute, Chitrakoot
I am Software Engineer by profession and as part of my interest in social service I travelled to different parts of India. I had a chance to visit Chitrakoot (a border village between MP and UP) in Oct 2011. I do not have much idea about a rural India or how a village can be self-sustained but seeing this village I am sure I definitely have some knowledge now. It also highlights the fact how much good a politician can do provided he has the willingness.
To begin with I heard it’s one of the most neglected cities as it falls right in the border of MP and UP and neither government willing to take care. Also it is the place they say where Sri Rama of Ayodhya stayed for 12 years during his exile. I heard 10-15 years back, it is a place dominated by bandits etc. In this place Mr Nanaji Deshmukh with the help of Dr. Bharat and Dr. Nandita Pathak set up an example of rural India which now stands as a paradigm for the rest of the country to take notice. Dr Abdul Kalam statement that rest of the country should follow is an accolade in itself.
The key for its success was its ingrained methodology ie independence. It doesn’t depend on the city for the resources rather work on the better utilization what the village contains. In that way it is not affected by outside industries, business, politics etc. A number of strategies for alleviating the poverty and development of villages were implemented. All these methods were focused on addressing the issues like water scarcity, poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and ill health.
One of the main concepts they run iscalled Samaj Shilpi Dampati where young graduate couples stay in a village for 5 years. They associate themselves with the villages thus bringing awareness as well as education. The organization can work with the graduate couples who in turn work with the villages. With the communication problem taken care of, the DRI people get associated with the villagers by doing various activities like games shows etc. Once the trust is achieved then slowly they raise the villager’s awareness towards proper agriculture techniques, watershed management, organic farming etc. Micro financing is also provided. So the whole purpose is to inculcate the villagers into being individually self-reliant thus making the village self-reliant. Another important aspect of it is the free dental surgeries they do for the people with disfigured mouth etc.
One of the great dependencies for a success of this kind of project will be funds which will run into crores. So how does the money come? It is because of the donations of Mr Nanaji Deshmukh and hundreds of other people several of them his allies who contributed for the cause. Mr Nanaji is one of a kind person who gave up marriage and served the entire life for the welfare of the community.
I do understand that not every village can be made like this nor every person who is willing to do this has funds. But what about those hundreds of politicians who are pocketing thousands of crores which if used properly could have made India a completely developed country? And also what about hundreds of thousands of individuals like us who in our capacity if we serve the society itself could result in a gigantic change of the society and the system.(Surya Jilludimudi,Software Engineer & Social WorkerAtlanta, USA)
108 AMBULANCE SERVICE COMPLETES 1 YEAR
5 US-returned young Bharatiya professionals had set up an ambulance service a year ago to provide the facility in five states, including Punjab. Started from two, the company now has 860 ambulances, Rs 80 crore turnover and over 4,800 work force. Data released by the company reveals that the ‘108’ service has helped save 1.53 lakh lives in Punjab, which now has 240 ‘108’ ambulances operating in 20 districts. The call centre of the ambulance service received 14.5 lakh calls in one year. Of the 1.53 lakh patients that these ambulances ferried to hospital, 49,277 were expectant mothers while 23,144 were accident/trauma cases. 245 successful deliveries also took place in these ambulances.
DRAGON DANCE IN GARBA LAND TO BOOST GUJARAT-CHINA BUSINESS
The land of garba will host Chinese opera. As lion bonds with dragon to boost business ties, a 72- member team will stage a Beijing opera, which dates back to the third century, at Motera stadium, Ahmedabad for three days during the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat summit in January next year. A 300-member cultural troupe from China will stage more events during the investment summit – a clear indication that the dragonland will be part of the Gujarat story after countries like Japan and Canada have already partnered Vibrant Gujarat 2011. The shows will be translated live in Gujarati and will be fused with episodes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The opera is a traditional form of Chinese theatre developed in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. Though banned during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), it was revived over the last two decades.
BHARAT TO GROW AT 7.5%
Bharat is projected to see a faster growth of 7.5 per cent this fiscal on the back of higher savings and investment rates, even as most of the Asia-Pacific economies are likely to expand at a slower pace, says a UN report. “The Bharatiya economy’s strong fundamentals, namely high saving and investment rates and rapidly expanding labour force and middle class will ensure a steady economic performance… We expect it to expand by about 7.5 per cent in 2012-13,” UNESCAP chief economist Nagesh Kumar said. The report said there are indications the Bharatiya economy is turning around as core sectors, including manufacturing, show signs of recovery. In 2011-12 fiscal, the economy faced a twin shock of global slowdown and impact of tight monetary policy, it said.
HERE VEDIC RITES BECOME PART OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Every Sunday Kashi Mutt at Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation (KVRF) near West Hill, Kozhikode wakes up to the chanting of vedas. Around 300 women from faraway places come here on weekends to learn the scriptures. Once they arrive at the centre, they divide themselves into small batches each of 13-14 members. The teacher Sujesh Arya, a disciple of KVRF founder Acharya M R Rajesh, imparts them practical lessons on Vedic Sandyavandanam and related rituals from 8am to 12pm. The KVRF started teaching vedas to women irrespective of their caste or age nine years ago in a bid to break the age-old tradition of restricting the learning of scriptures to Brahmin males. The institute has so far taught vedas to more than 10,000 women from Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, and Thrissur. They are well-versed in the art of performing agnihotram, nitya yajna, and numerous other Smartha and Sroutha yajnas, Shodassakriya (the 16 Samskara Kriyas from birth to death), and Bali Vaishya Veda Yajnam.
VEDIC MATHEMATICS INSOUTH KOREA
Sewa International karyakarta Ravi Kumar on his tour to south East Asia visitedSeoulfrom 26 – 30April. Three Workshops on Vedic Mathematics and Vedic Sciences were held inSeoulNationalUniversitymain campus and Sung Kyun Kwan University Suwon. These were attended by Head of Mathematics Dept; Dean of Mathematics Faculty, Professors from different areas of study, Research Students and Post Graduate students. In every workshop professors and students showed keen interest and unanimously requested the duration to be increased in order to learn more. Three of these students later conducted classes on Vedic Maths in two temples the next day to the great amazement of the devotees. Ravi Kumar also explained the Hindu Influence in South East Asia and around the world by means of Power Point Presentations at two Radha Krishna Mandirs in and aroundSeoul. In all his speeches, Ravi Kumar highlighted the strong historical, cultural and linguistic connections between Koreans and Indians for the past 2000 years. He gave several examples of common words in Tamil and Korean languages to the great amazement of the audience, many of whom were made aware for the first time. He also showed the closeness of cultural traits between Bhatiyas and Koreans like using only right hand for giving and accepting money and valuables from others, respect for the teachers, respecting elders in families and society. Ravi Kumar narrated the story (that most Koreans believe true) that a Bharatiya Princess of divine birth (Mata Laxmi) sailed from Bharat in 48 AD to marry Korean King Kim Suro, also considered as of divine birth (Lord Vishnu). Several Presidents, Prime Ministers and ministers ofKoreaclaim today that they are the descendents of the Divine Princess from Bharat. Narrating this episode Ravi Kumar urged the Bharatiyas inKoreato work for a meaningful interaction with Koreans so that the Koreans too start owning the Universal Vedic Values as their own. All the programs were planned meticulously by Dr Abhijit Ghosh, Professor of Yoga inDong Seoul University,South Koreaand a team of wellwishers.
SAVING LIVES ROUND THE CLOCK, A STEP AT A TIME
At 9.45 pm, a young woman walks into the Kibithoo health sub-centre, blood dripping from her face; yet another victim of a domestic squabble. Oni Ering and Pura Menu, auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) at the sub- centre, clean the wound, stitch it, and send her back with tablets and a neat bandage. Ering and Menu’s work isn’t done, though. It’s never exactly done when you have set up camp at a place near China border, offering 24×7 services to the people. Run by the Karuna Trust, the Walong Primary Health Centre (PHC) is one of 11 such establishments being run by NGOs on a non-profit basis in Arunachal Pradesh under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) since 2006. The sub-centre caters to 10 villages sprinkled over the mountains, where landslides and road blocks are common occurrences and walking long distances routine. “At times, we walk about 10-km stretches to reach our destination,” says Milo Yanga at Walong PHC. Equipped with a modern delivery room, the centre also conducts blood tests. “Earlier, we had to go to Tezu, about 200 km away, for a blood test,” says Billangli Tamai, who runs a PCO at Walong.
VISA RELAXATION TO MAKE BHARAT A TOURIST HUB
The ministry of external affairs has decided to extend the tourist visa on arrival policy to France, Germany and Russia. The idea is to attract international tourist traffic and turn Bharat into a major tourist destination. “The criteria for providing the facility to any country include security implication – how much is the presence in that country of people inimical to India’s interests – and tourist inflow from there. These three countries made the cut,” an MEA source said. Bharat currently issues VOA to 11 countries like Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Finland, Luxembourg and New Zealand.
DESI COMPANIES DOMINATE U.S. GENERIC SPACE
Bharatiya pharmaceutical companies filed 51 percent of the overall global applications called ‘drug master filings’ in the U.S. market during 2011. The DMFs are the approvals to supply complex raw materials to all generic manufacturers in the U.S. market beneficial of all global markets. These companies have put aside over half the certified profiles for active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). Of the global DMF filings in U.S., Bharat estimated for 45 percent in 2009 which increased to 49 percent in 2010 and 51 percent in 2011, so for the last three years there has been a constant increase in the trend of such application from Bharat.
HINDUS PLANT1000 TREES AT NDAKAINI DAM IN KENYA
1000 Trees were planted by volunteers from the Hindu Religious and Service Center (HRSC) at the Ndakaini dam in Gatanga District. The Ndakaini Dam is one of the main sources of Nairobi’s tapped water and is an important strategic landmark in the nation. It is managed by the Nairobi Water Company. It catches the water run-off from the Aberdare Mountains, stores it, treats it and slowly releases it year-round for use by Nairobi residents. After the tree-planting exercise on April 22, done by fifty enthusiastic volunteers from Nairobi, there was a short baraza where Mr. Njoroge- the Chief Human Resource Office of the Nairobi Water Company, in his address on-behalf of the MD of the company, thanked the Hindu Community for planting trees at the site since 2005. He pointed out the first site where trees have already bloomed to full-size. The HRSC has planted 50,000 trees since 2005 in sites across Kenya with 16,000 of these planted at Ndakaini. On behalf of the HRSC, the Hindu Council of Kenya and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Dr. Minesh Shah, convenor of the Tree Planting Committee, re-iterated the Hindu Community’s commitment to play a positive role for the nation.
GUJARAT GOES GREEN
A multi-benefit pilot project generating one-MW electricity from solar panels atop the Narmada branch canal was dedicated to the nation by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on, April 24. Under the project, set up jointly on an experimental basis by the State- owned Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) and the Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited, solar panels have been fitted over a 750-metre stretch on the Sanand-Kadi Narmada branch canal to generate 16 lakh units of clean electricity annually. As the canal will remain covered, it is estimated that the project will prevent evaporation of 90 lakh litres of water annually. Mr. Modi said the pilot project would put Gujarat and Bharat on the world energy map, and it would also be a major contribution to the humanity in the field of clean energy and solving the problem of both water and power shortages.
VIVEKANAND JAYANTI AT MELBOURNE
Sewa International celebrated Vivekanand Jayanti as Harmony Day with a formal launch of Yoga Centre for seniors in Melbourne. Besides other eminent personalities it was addressed by Mrs.Roz.Blades, Cr.Ex-Mayor of Dandenong Council who is the inspirer of the project and Mr. Vasan Srinivasan, President of FIAV. The program also had demonstration of Yoga by Shri Kanwal Bhagat. The Yoga center is proposed to be named as Chintaman Datar Yoga Centre for seniors. Shri Chitamni Datar was a continuous source of support for many decades to the for Hindu society in Melbourne and was actively associated with Sewa International.
RSS CONGRATULATES AGNI V SCIENTISTS
RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi has congratulated the Bharatiya scientists for the successful launch of Agni V. In a statement issued on April 21 from Mumbai by the RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachara Pramukh Dr Manmohan Vaidya Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi said, “Bharatiya scientific community in general and the team of Bharatiya scientists in particular, who led successful launch of Agni V, deserve hearty congratulations for their remarkable achievement. The launch of Agni V has empowered the Bharatiya Armed forces and made the nation proud.”
YOGA IS KEY TO PROLONGING MY MANCHESTER UNITED CAREER
The Welsh football player Ryan Giggs has said that practising yoga has kept him in the game for so long and added that he would still love to play another 100 games for Manchester United. Ryan Giggs, who is chasing his 13th Premier League title, said that he had had to change the way he thinks on the pitch but that he is still “living the dream”. “The yoga has definitely helped me,” the 38-year- old said. “It helps me train every day because it gives me the flexibility and the strength not only to play the game but to train as well.”I rarely miss a training session even [if I do] a little less than the younger players I still go out and train. [When you get to my age] you have to change the way of thinking. I was a quick player when I was younger, now I am not so quick. [You have to] use your experience, use your intelligence on the pitch, to adapt your game and change your game, as I have done.”
THIS JHARKHAND FARMER SPENT 14 YEARS DIGGING A ‘POND’
A farmer from Vishnu Pur of Kurua village, Sukhjora Panchayat of Jharkhand, Shyamal Chaudhary, requested the Block Development Officer to have a pond dug that would fulfil the irrigation requirements of the fields. The BDO denied. A determined Shyamal took it as as a challenge and started digging a pond on his own land. When Shyamal, a Class Eight dropout, started out, many people taunted him. He simply ignored them and started digging the pond in 1997. After fourteen years of continuous hard work, he not only created a pond but gifted it to the community that was going through hard times in the absence of irrigation related facilities. The pond, 100×100 metres long and 22 feet deep, now benefits numerous villages in the vicinity: Kuruvaa, Petsar, Margadi,Beltikari, Vishnupur and Baiganthara to name a few.
NOBW OPPOSES CLOSING OF RURAL BANKS
Coming down heavily on the Government move to close or relocate the lose making branches of banks in rural areas, the National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW) termed the move diametrically opposed to the very object of nationalisation of Banks in 1969. The United Front of Bank Unions (UFBU) has lodged a protest against this retrograde move through a letter addressed to Secretary of Financial Services. “The thinking of the Government to close the loss making rural branches or relocate them is fraught with the potential threat to the social banking, depriving millions and millions of people living in the rural side access to institutional credit. We request you to re-visit the idea and continue to extend support to the rural branches,” the UFBU said in a letter addressed to the Secretary, Department of Financial Services.
How A Mother Saved Her Son
This is a true story of a Mother’s Sacrifice during the China Earthquake.
After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks.
But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands
were supported by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.
With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescue team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body.
He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.
He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader
was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through
the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “
The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman.
There was a 3 month’s old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman
had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to
protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.
The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside
the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.”
This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept. ”
If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.”Such is the mother’s love for her child!!